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29 Jun 2015 - 2:24 PM  UPDATED 13 Jul 2015 - 9:09 AM

Monday, 6 July

The Rocket

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Australia/Laos, 2014
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Starring: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam
What's it about?
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Winner of both the Best First Feature award at the Berlinale and Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca, as well as the AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Watch interview with director Kim Mordaunt

Tulpan

10:20pm, SBS 2
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M
Kazakhstan, 2008
Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy
Starring: Askhat Kuchencherekov, Ondas Besikbasov, Samal Esljamova
What's it about?
On the harsh steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa, a dreamer who's recently finished a stint in the Russian Navy, wants to establish a life by owning his own flock of sheep. But the 'comrade boss' tells him he’s got to marry first, since an unmarried herdsman cannot survive there. Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2008.

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Fanny and Alexander

12:45am, SBS 2
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MA+15
Sweden, 1982
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Ewa Froling, Bertil Guye, Pernilla Allwin
What's it about?
Acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman draws on his own childhood memories to create this masterful portrait of an upper-class Swedish family whose celebrations and tribulations are seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Alexander. Winner of four Academy Awards in 1984, including Best Foreign Language Film.

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Tuesday, 7 July

Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

12:40am, SBS 2

M
Germany, 2008
Director:
 Heinrich Breloer
Starring:
 Armin Muller-Stahl, Jessica Schwarz, Mark Waschke
What's it about?
An adaptation of literary giant Thomas Mann's 1900 Nobel Prize-Winning novel of the same name, this film charts the downfall of an aristocratic merchant family over four generations in Northern Germany. Consul Jean Buddenbrook, head of the old Lübeck clan of Buddenbrook, runs his business along old-fashioned but solid, risk-free lines and the Buddenbrook children are expected to continue in the family tradition.

The Tall Man

2:00am, SBS ONE

M
Australia, 2011
Director:
 Tony Krawitz
What's it about?
The Tall Man is the Walkley Award-winning documentary about the events on Palm Island that follow the death of local Indigenous man Cameron Doomadgee. On the morning of November 19, 2004, Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for public nuisance. An hour later he lay dead in a watchhouse cell. The documentary interviews the family, friends and residents of the community on the island as they struggle to understand what happened to Cameron and the tragic events that subsequently followed his death.

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Metropia

3:30am, SBS ONE
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M
Sweden, 2009
Director:
 Tarik Saleh
Starring:
 Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier
What's it about?
In the near future, oil reserves are nearly depleted and Europe is connected by series of underground tunnels. While navigating these tunnels, Roger hears voices, one in particular. Seeking a way to rid himself of the voice only leads Roger deeper into a bizarre conspiracy of control - over mind and body. An animated science-fiction film directed by Tarik Saleh, and inspired by the works of Terry Gilliam.

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Wednesday, 8 July

The One

8:30pm, SBS 2

M
USA, 2001
Director: James Wong
Starring: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo
What's it about?
In a stunning dual role, international star Jet Li portrays Gabriel Yulaw, a police officer confronted with a sinister form of himself escaped from an advanced, parallel universe and intent on killing Gabriel. His alter ego's hunt culminates in a fateful battle between good and evil that changes Gabriel's perception of reality and forces him to examine the evil hidden within himself

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Iceman

10:10pm, SBS 2
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M
Hong Kong, 2014
Director: Wing-cheong Law
Starring: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Shengyi Huang
What's it about?
This remake of the 1989 film The Iceman Cometh stars martial arts legend Donnie Yen (Ip ManHero) as a Ming Dynasty royal officer who, after being falsely accused of treason, is buried alive in the snow while fighting with three of his captors. Their frozen bodies thaw out 400 years later in 2013 Hong Kong, and they do what any warring martial arts legends would: pick up exactly where they left off.

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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

12:35am, SBS 2

PG
India, 2008
Director: Aditya Chopra
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Vinay Pathak and Anushka Sharma
What's it about?
Director Aditya Chopra proves that love knows no bounds in this colourful romance concerning a mild-mannered office worker who enters into a glorious love affair with a vivacious and beautiful young artist. The sparks begin to fly as the two polar opposites find themselves drawn together by fate. Nominated for eight 2009 Indian Filmfare Awards, including Best Film.

 

Thursday, 9 July

Dreams of a Life

9:35pm, SBS 2
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PG
UK, 2011
Director: Carol Morley
What's it about?
In 2003, the remains of Joyce Carol Vincent, aged 38, were found in her North London bedsit – three years after she died. Her skeleton was stretched out on the sofa, the television was still on, the Christmas presents unopened. Part documentary, part drama, part detective story, Carol Morley's inventive film attempts to solve the mystery behind Joyce's lonely death.

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Read interview with director Carol Morley

 

Friday, 10 July

A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

10:15pm, SBS 2
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M
USA, 2009
Directors: Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs
What's it about?
Directors Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs capture a playful, intimate and resoundingly poignant portrait of children's writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak in his Connecticut home. From the early sketches and toys he made with his brother Jack, to his most celebrated work 'Where The Wild Things Are', Sendak reveals the provocative and prolific imagination that has spawned over half a century of work.


Elementary Particles

2:00am, SBS ONE

MA+15
Germany, 2006
Director: Oskar Roehler
Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Franka Potente
What's it about?
Based on Michel Houellebecq's novel Atomised, the film tells the story of two half-brothers, Michael and Bruno, who struggle to deal with their issues relating to sex and love. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival.

 

Saturday, 11 July

The Tree

1:35am, SBS 2
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PG
France, 2010
Director: Julie Bertuccelli
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies, Marton Csokas
What's it about?
After the death of her father, an eight-year-old girl becomes convinced that he is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan tree that towers over her house. Nominated for three César Awards in 2011, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Watch Cannes interview of Charlotte Gainsbourg

 

Sunday, 12 July

Radiance

9:30pm, NITV
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M
Australia, 2009
Director:
 Rachel Perkins
Starring:
 Deborah Mailman, Trisha Morton Evans, Rachel Maza
What's it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy, the eldest of the three, is a diva - an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona, the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family.

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Watch interview with Rachel Perkins & Cast and crew
Read review

The New Black

11:00pm, NITV
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M
Australia, 2009
Directors: Deborah Mailman, Leah Purcell, Adrian Wills, Dena Curtis
Starring: Rachel Maza, David Ngoombujarra
What's it about?
This collection of seven short films showcases the rising stars of the Indigenous filmmaking industry in Australia. Beautifully crafted by Indigenous writers and directors from around Australia, these short films illustrate the diverse storytelling abilities of Australia’s Indigenous filmmakers, while also sharing intimate depictions of Indigenous life.

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Read article: The New Black

Guilty of Romance

2:00am, SBS ONE
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MA+15
Japan, 2011
Director: Shion Sono
Starring: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka
What's it about?
Two fascinating stories of love and loss intertwine in modern Japan. Female detective Kazuko must investigate the case of a woman who has been find dead in a derelict apartment, while she grapples to cope with her home life. Meanwhile Izumi, the faithful wife of a famous novelist, decides to break away from her monotonous life and accepts a job as a nude model enacting sex in front of the camera. Things quickly progress, and she must hide her erotic new life from her husband.